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Foreign Case Analysis on Road Accidents Due to Black Ice

tbs eFM 101.3

January 13, 2020

Professor Erland Schulson provided the following expertise regarding black ice on This Morning, an English-language Korean podcast:

"...What to do about it? Well, that’s a very good question. Avoid it if you can. Of course, one doesn’t know when it’s going to be there until you’ve happened upon it. What do you do? First, be cognizant of the meteorological conditions, the weather conditions. ...

"...So, I expect as I leave my office this evening, or this morning in your case, I’ll be standing on black ice. I will walk very carefully, when I get into my car I’ll drive very carefully, and that’s about all I can do. Certainly I advise all drivers to drive slowly if the conditions are conducive to black ice. ...

"...I think the problem is people are not being attentive to the possibility that black ice could form, and you’ll know when it’s going to likely happen. The weather conditions will tell you. Temperature will drop. On your automobile, most cars have a temperature gauge. When that temperature says you’re about 3 degrees above centigrade or 37 degrees Farenheit, look out, slow down, put a big distance between you and the car ahead of you, at least three or four or five times what you normally do. And hope that if you do meet black ice, you have enough time at least to not hit the other car, or to control, control is the wrong word, but hope that the situation pans out in your favor. ...

"...Black ice can form so quickly and so suddenly when weather conditions change.”

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